As the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists, RSC Fellows have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. This year’s honourees from McGill befit this title.
A member of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine for over 20 years, Dr. Qutayba Hamid is a James McGill Professor of Medicine, the MUHC Strauss Chair in Respiratory Medicine, Director of the Meakins Christie Laboratories, Associate Director of the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute, and Professor of the Asthma Chair of King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. His career is marked by research contributions in the fields of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and airway inflammation.
A James McGill Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dr. Bernard Robaire is also a Scientist at the Research Institute of the MUHC. His research explores the effects of environmental toxicants on the functioning and aging of the male reproductive system, on androgen action, on the epididymis and on reproductive toxicology.
Renowned for his pioneering research in epigenetics science, Dr. Moshe Szyf is a James McGill Professor and Glaxo SmithKline-CIHR Professor of Pharmacology at McGill University, as well as founding co-director of the Sackler Institute for Epigenetics and Psychobiology. For the last thirty years, he has been studying the basic principles of DNA methylation and its role as a therapeutic agent, namely in relation to cancer, and how DNA methyltransferase can be modified by environmental factors after birth.
For over 130 years, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has been promoting research and scholarly achievement, advising governments, and applying its intellectual leadership to the betterment of Canada and the world. Since honouring the first RSC Fellows in 1882, which included McGill’s famed Sir William Osler, the RSC has inducted some 3700 honourees into the fellowship.
October 15, 2013